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Here is my new nigerian doe she is definitely not as fat as when I last saw her. Also does anyone know how much I should be feeding her? Thanks in advance!
 

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I'm still new to ND conformation, but I will say she does have a nice rump. It's not too steep like some can be.

And I've been feeding mine half a small scoop since their not lactating. But, I think feeding proportions depend on whether you have grass or feed hay and on the goat itself. :)
 

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Nice girl! Is that a moon spot I see on her side?

Here's what I am seeing-

She has really great length and body capacity; I like how wide she is; her front legs are straight and back ones have good angulation. Her brisket is very nice, udder looks to be even with good sized teats.

I have to disagree on the rump- I definitely think it is steep. She breaks in her chine, so her topline looks swayed. She could blend better and her hip/loin area and at her shoulders. I think she should be much higher and wider in the escutcheon. And I would like to see a little more femininity and dairy character, but that's being awfully critical of a very nice doe.
 

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She's a fairly nice doe.

I would like to point out something, and I have seen this a lot in some people critiques, saying that their goats chines are weak, even when some had perfect chines. The spine naturally drops down a bit behind the withers, keep that in mind.

Look at the doe again. Her topline is straight, flat from the chine back, right? This doe does not have a weak chine, she has a taller front end, and prominent withers, giving the illusion to some people, that she has a weak chine.

Just clearing things up. I have a picture of a doe with a horrid topline, if anyone want to know what a truely bad topline is. :)
And then I have my grand champion pics, so you can see that the withers are always higher than the chine.

The rump is still a tad steep, but it's close to ideal, she has nice body capacity, nice depth, nice rear leg set, straight front legs, overall not a bad doe.
 

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She's a fairly nice doe.

I would like to point out something, and I have seen this a lot in some people critiques, saying that their goats chines are weak, even when some had perfect chines. The spine naturally drops down a bit behind the withers, keep that in mind.

Look at the doe again. Her topline is straight, flat from the chine back, right? This doe does not have a weak chine, she has a taller front end, and prominent withers, giving the illusion to some people, that she has a weak chine.

Just clearing things up. I have a picture of a doe with a horrid topline, if anyone want to know what a truely bad topline is. :)
And then I have my grand champion pics, so you can see that the withers are always higher than the chine.

The rump is still a tad steep, but it's close to ideal, she has nice body capacity, nice depth, nice rear leg set, straight front legs, overall not a bad doe.
Thank you for clearing that up I was actually wondering that myself! I thought the withers were supposed to be higher than the rump but I wasn't sure. Thank you all for your comments they are much appreciated!:)
 

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Hmm... I'm not quite sure what you are saying, Lacie. From what I am seeing (not saying it is right, by any means) this goat has a swayed top. Her withers and her hip are the same height, but her back hangs much lower. I see that from her withers to her chine it is downhill, and from her chine to her hip it is uphill, at least in most of the pictures.

It definitely is not the worst top I have seen, but carries the risk of progressively worsening as she ages and breeds.
 

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So, this doe inparticular, just has very high withers. If you draw a line from her withers straight out, the line does not reach her hips. Now in picture form, it doesnt look like the hips are that far off, but everything is bigger in real life.

Now, this is not a perfect line, but from the top of the withers straight out, thats the line. Where the circle is, thats the chine.

I'm going to grab that pic of the boer doe I was talking about earlier, just so you can know the difference between a horrible topline and chine, and what your doe has.
 

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I'm glad to be following this thread, very informative. I was thinking the same thing, Katelyn, but kind of vaguely- I'm still very much in the learning curve when it comes to conformation. :)
 

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I do see what you are saying now. Thanks :)

This was what I was referring to, it looks like a sway; her hips and withers are even (in this picture) and her back is not.
 

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This is a boer goat that I came across, possibly the worst topline I have seen. Again, I circled where the chine is, the withers are right in front, and the back roaches up, and the hips are a lot taller than the withers.
Boer with bad topline
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Grand Champion Alpine doe. The withers are always taller
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Uh, huh, WOW! That is the worst topline I have ever seen- not that I've seen that many, but even I can tell it's bad! I wonder if it gives her any health problems, lol.
 

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Uh, huh, WOW! That is the worst topline I have ever seen- not that I've seen that many, but even I can tell it's bad! I wonder if it gives her any health problems, lol.
A blind person could even tell that that is the worst topline in the history of all time! Lol, I do corrective trimming on her feet, the picture actually makes her topline look BETTER! Can you believe that?!
 

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That's terrible! Poor thing, were her parents that (as someone else so aptly put it) that conformationally challenged??
NO surprisingly! And this doe was actually a show kid until 6 months old, she beat over 50 kids in her classes!!! That blew my mind! Her kids come out straight as a board too. So maybe she was too heavily grained and that broke down her frame and joints (seen that happen to a lot of boers).
 
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